The history of Parliament, as we have seen (see Chapter 2), has been the history of its relationship to the executive, and its capacity to affect public policy has been determined largely by changes in that relationship. It acquired the capacity to determine supply (the raising of money) and legislation; it other words, a coercive capacity. However, political pressures have largely curtailed the use of that capacity. Parliament has had to adapt to these pressures and, as we have seen, has done so through developing its persuasive capacity to affect outcomes.
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